Correctional Education Association Offers Award-Winning 'Words of Peace' Series to Facilities Across the US

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The award-winning television series "Words of Peace" now appears four times weekly on the Correctional Education Association's Transforming Lives Network, making it available to residents and staff of correctional facilities nationwide. "Words of Peace" features excerpts of the international addresses of Prem Rawat, widely known as Maharaji, speaking about the possibility of each individual to find peace no matter what their circumstances. For more than forty years, Prem Rawat has traveled the globe offering inspiration to millions of people.

What we want is for offenders not to come back to prison and for those serving long sentences to be successful inside [prison]

The award-winning television series "Words of Peace" now appears four times weekly on the Correctional Education Association's Transforming Lives Network, making it available to residents and staff of correctional facilities nationwide. "Words of Peace" features excerpts of the international addresses of Prem Rawat, widely known as Maharaji, speaking about the possibility of each individual to find peace no matter what their circumstances. For more than forty years, Prem Rawat has traveled the globe offering inspiration to millions of people.

Anne Charles, director of the CEA's Transforming Lives Network, explained why "Words of Peace" is a welcome addition to its weekly programming: "For a person living or working in a correctional facility, we hope that something in our schedule is going to hit home with them and make a difference."

"What we want is for offenders not to come back to prison and for those serving long sentences to be successful inside [prison]," she said. "Recognizing who you are and what you are about is important to that success. We believe that "Words of Peace" will help bring positive change to offenders and corrections workers."

"Words of Peace" has won awards for public access programming in Brazil and the United States. It is available for viewing at correctional facilities in Africa, India, New Zealand, Mexico and South America. Many correctional officials have noted life-changing results. "Prem Rawat gives hope to all, including those people in our society who are from less-advantaged backgrounds and could be easily forgotten or unheard," said a prison administrator in the United Kingdom.

A prisoner in a regional prison in the UK commented, "This makes such a difference. It makes being in here almost bearable, and for this I thank you from the bottom of my heart." A municipal jail inmate in Cancun, Mexico, commented, "It has changed my life inside the jail because I enjoy the time more and don't want to fight or argue like before."

Originally funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Transforming Lives Network reaches more than 300 facilities in 49 states including federal prisons, state and county facilities and jails, as well as probation and parole, work release and prevention programs. It offers training to correctional staff and provides educational programs for offenders such as GED test preparation, post-secondary opportunities, life skills, parenting and reentry. About 300,000 offenders enroll annually in the network's courses. The Correctional Education Association has taken over total responsibility for TLN in an effort to expand services to its members as well as all correctional professionals across the U. S.

To learn more about the Transforming Lives Network, visit http://www.ceanational.org or contact Anne Charles, project director, at acharles @ ceanational.org.
For information about "Words of Peace" in the U.S., visit wordsofpeace.org*

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